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Chief Minister starts de-silting the Hiran riverbed near Somnath Temple

    Gujarat’s month-long Sujalam Sufalam Jal  Sanchay Abhiyan-2018 launched on the state’s foundation day on May 1 last is poised to be the country’s biggest rainwater conservation campaign. This was stated by Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani while starting de-silting the Hiran riverbed on the Triveni Sangam Ghat near the Somnath Jyotirling Temple.

    He said that 11,000-lakh cubic foot earth is being scooped out from 13,000 village ponds during this month with the help of 6,000 JCB machine and 12,000 tractor-trolleys as part of this campaign.

    Even as Mr. Rupani appealed to the farmer to adopt drip irrigation and conserve rainwater in the field itself, he said that Rs.800-crore desalination and gutter water recycling plant are being set up on the Saurashtra coast that could mitigate the water shortage in the region.

    Gir Somnath District Collector Ajay Prakash in his welcome address said 1.50-lakh cubic foot earth would be dug up on the Hiran riverbed near Triveni Ghat. In all, 218 works have been taken up under this campaign in the district.

    Those present on the occasion included Rajya Sabha Member Chunibhai Gohel, MP Rajeshbhai Chudasma, Seed Corporation Chairman Rajshibhai Jotva, Kishorebhai Kuhada, former Minister Jashabhai Barad, Veraval Nagarpalika President Jagdishbhai Fofdi, ex-MLA Govindbhai Parmar, Somnath Temple Trustee J.D. Parmar, Sanjaybhai Ruparelia, Sarmanbhai Solanki, DDO Sharma, DSP Hitesh Joisar, engineers and villagers, among others.

    Source: Information Department, Gujarat